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Matthew

bondi junction, Australia | Member Since 2007

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  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1438)
    Performance
    (1277)
    Story
    (1298)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "See "Huge Card fan left slightly disappointed""
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    What disappointed you about Ruins?

    the core of this book was about whining characters that was completely removed from the first book - absolutely no consistency with the characters from the first book - even allowing for different situations. It felt like it was written by someone that hadn't read the first book and who themselves was emotionally challenged.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not book three of this series - hopefully he doesn't hand off the writing of the gate thief to whomever he let write this drivel


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    it was fine


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    the first book was good enough that you are going to read this one anyway - just don't expect much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (1911)
    Story
    (1921)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "bearable to average"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin ?

    the guy has written some amazing stories - I guess its hard to live up to your own best work - this certainly doesn't.


    What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He seems to be losing the plot (in every way) between his first and second books - where the characters in the second books of his two latest series, are almost starting from scratch and often very different from the development in his first books. The second installment in the Pathfinder series really is a trainwreck, this isn't that bad, but he is certainly giving us a filler after doing a good job in the first book in the mithermage series.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin ’s performance did you like?

    Stefan Rudnicki is a great performer - Emily is ok, and next to stefan, comes across quite weak.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Gate Thief?

    This book would be 1/3 the size if you cut out the unnecessary drivel - which, considering Orson boasts about only putting in dialogue that moves the story forward, is a big let down.


    Any additional comments?

    Orson really needs to sit down and create the entire story arc in one go, then go and write installments that fit to the arc - he is losing the plot between instalments.

    I really hope this great writer can deliver to his earlier standard and doesn't finish his writing career slowly sputtering out

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote Rising: A Novel of Interstellar Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    The Hugo Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coyote returns to the setting of his grand novel of interstellar exploration with the continuing epic of Earth's first space colonists - and a tale of revolution against a repressive government to reclaim their world in the name of freedom...

    Michael says: "Great, Great Stuff"
    "Ok for an american frontier book - very weak sci-f"
    Overall

    The book is ok. Its claims to be sci-fi are weak, as are many of these american "take me back to the revolution" style reads. I don't know why they get set in space, perhaps is the only way the author can think of to take us to a place where the "libertarians" can be oppressed again and rise against the socialists... It is completely implausible the lack of technology & general equipment we are expected to believe both the original colonists and the space faring socialists bring to this uninhabited world - all so we can have people that go skinning bears for their boots...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3448)
    Performance
    (1841)
    Story
    (1854)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Solid but not spectacular"
    Overall

    It gets hold of thailand pretty well - though the narrator could have gotten some help with pronunciation. It's concepts of the post carbon energy economy are limited and are as though the author hasn't read anything on the topic since 1970. Good first book, better than most but not yet up to something like the Diamond Age. I would read this author again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Horizon Storms: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (413)

    Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most popular and acclaimed science fiction writers in the world. He is a New York Times best-selling author with more than 11 million copies of his books in print. Now the epic saga he began with Hidden Empire continues in this breathtaking novel.

    MS says: "Great Writing"
    "what a waste!"
    Overall

    I agree with an earlier review about the sloppy editing and plot inconsistencies - THE FIRST 35 MINUTES OF THIS BOOK ARE A SUMMARY OF THE FIRST TWO BOOKS!!! if it keeps up into the rest of this stretched out series, book 8 will be half summary half new book!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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